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08/02/2019, 01:15

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 One of the most used technologies for the production of gadgets, architectural models, and much more.Here is a tutorial on how to properly set up the laser cutting file




The laser cutting and engraving machine can process different types of materials and thicknesses depending on the source of the laser beam, the power and speed set. The dimensions of our machine’s worktop are 900 x 1200 mm.
The laser beam is conveyed by means of optical assemblies, inside the machine, onto the lens and is here addressed to the work surface. The lasercut reads the lines and settings we have given when designing the file. Before we even start our vector drawing we need to know and have a clear idea of ​​what we want to design.

If I want to cut out the letter A in Times New Roman font we will have the triangular inner part that will be entirely cut from the material if I don’t combine it through bridges to the rest of the letter A.

This applies to every cut part of a project that has no bridges of union with the rest. Unlike engraving, cuts are made even on lines that are not closed. In this way, cracks in the material are obtained. If the lines are closed or coincident, the entire enclosed part is cut, leaving the hole in its place.


For example, if you want a heart-shaped piece to be attached to another support, you need to create the heart-shaped curve. When the material is cut by the laser we will have the support with a heart-shaped hole and a heart-shaped piece. But if we need the heart to be just a contour in our material we should make two curves one inside the other.
You have to imagine the path of the laser on the curves you have drawn and see if it is what you want.

In the case of more complex projects, in which the parts are assembled to obtain the desired object, for example a box or a bird like the one in the cover image, we must also take into account other factors such as the kerf.
But we’ll talk about it in another blog.
05/11/2018, 10:01



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 This is a real failure: undelivered work, disappointed customer, lost compensation



✂️Adelina is a sewing professional. He dedicates his art to the world of childhood realizing high-tailored clothes but also shirts with funny comics that bring joy.


  ✏️Adelina has always drawn freehand drawings of her cartoons and then they carry the design on the fabric before painting it.


This technique, however, was good at the beginning when the work was scarce and had few orders. During the last Christmas (2017) a trouble has happened. The classic drop that breaks the vase. Adelina did not correctly execute the drawing on some girl’s shirts because she was too tired for all the cutting and sewing work. The client did not want the job and had to fall back on other last-minute gifts for grandchildren. In short, a mess.
What is a real failure (undelivered work, disappointed customer, lost compensation), however, is the occasion for a change of lane.
Adelina decides that she wants to have a digital catalog of her drawings that she can then bring back to the fabric in a short time without having to draw them every time.
In short, a library of comics always produced by his creativity. Taking the decision, Adelina must now choose whether to entrust the creation of digital files to others or learn how to use the software to create them.
Both solutions have pros and cons. In the first case he must entrust his beloved comics to others. And every time he has a new idea he has to pay a professional to get his digital drawing. However, it would save time in the short term.
The other option would allow you to fully manage the creative process, and all the new comics that will come to mind in the future, but you need to invest some time to learn.

  What would you choose in its place?

Will Adelina’s decision bring tangible benefits to her work? Adelina has chosen to invest her money and her time to learn how to make the library of her drawings on her own. In this way you can always create new ones and offer your little customers funny and original outfits. But the most interesting thing and that required exclusive lessons so, along with the tutor will work directly to his drawings!
Soon you will see Adelina’s creations also online.

In fact, after the study and experimentation phase with the CNC machines of Fablab Catania and have learned the practical use of software useful for his work, Adelina will participate in the next edition of Women on Work focused on promotion through storytelling. 

 Find out how to participate in the courses free by registering by December 9th (limited places).
26/10/2018, 10:18

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 We have declared it for some time: we like Halloween! This year we decided to dedicate ourselves to desserts. No, we did not become confectioners but look at what we have created for you.



When there is a party there are desserts it is an incontrovertible fact. The dessert is really the best way to be happy, to say thank you to those who host us, to make children happy. 

And this is even truer at Halloween. 


You can decorate your sweets as you like and leave your imagination free for your "monstrous" creations. Even if you are not a skilled pastry chef, like us, your little mistakes (the cake not perfectly leveled, the glaze with a few holes ...) will be forgiven thanks to the fairy-tale wonder that your sweets will be able to inspire.
Here’s what we’ve created to help you with the decorations.

Disturbing landscapes with a big white moon that is the background of a house of mysteries, a fence to cross, two fluttering bats and four Jack O ’Lantern with a disquieting face. All these elements you can simply place them on top of your cake creating your personal landscape of mysteries.
They are not edible so remember to take them off before feeding your hungry guests!
A talking cake would be great, right? Well you can have it! Look at the joke.

On the page dedicated to Halloween you will find everything we have created for this incredible party.


Finally, always on the subject of desserts we wanted to collect some of the most appetizing recipes we found on the web.
Here is our selection, we have not tested them all but we are working hard 😊

One that is certainly successful and uses the main ingredient of Halloween and autumn in general is the New York Style Pumpkin Pie. Recipe delivered to a voice by an elderly lady from New York last year in Carmen during the international event World Maker Faire.
We could not go to the famous Giallo Zafferano blog and we loved the pumpkin muffin recipe.
Once the muffins have been made, you can decorate them with a white cardboard pyrrotein found here.

A really delicious cake is this  fudgy chocolate gateau and orange, the recipe is in english but it is not difficult to translate.

An easy recipe to make easy using our Halloween shapes, you can find it on the blog of Buonissimo. They are delicious cookies (in fact), provided you do not let them carbonize as it happened to us   

We are looking for new desserts to try, if you have a recipe to share add it in a comment so everyone can try it.



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How to design for laser cutting and engraving

08/02/2019, 01:15

How-to-design-for-laser-cutting-and-engraving

One of the most used technologies for the production of gadgets, architectural models, and much more.Here is a tutorial on how to properly set up the laser cutting file

When to fail is a step towards success

05/11/2018, 10:01

When-to-fail-is-a-step-towards-success

This is a real failure: undelivered work, disappointed customer, lost compensation

Halloween is coming

26/10/2018, 10:18

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We have declared it for some time: we like Halloween! This year we decided to dedicate ourselves to desserts. No, we did not become confectioners but look at what we have created for you.

How to design for laser cutting and engraving

08/02/2019, 01:15

How-to-design-for-laser-cutting-and-engraving

One of the most used technologies for the production of gadgets, architectural models, and much more.Here is a tutorial on how to properly set up the laser cutting file

When to fail is a step towards success

05/11/2018, 10:01

When-to-fail-is-a-step-towards-success

This is a real failure: undelivered work, disappointed customer, lost compensation

Halloween is coming

26/10/2018, 10:18

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We have declared it for some time: we like Halloween! This year we decided to dedicate ourselves to desserts. No, we did not become confectioners but look at what we have created for you.

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